Iran Preparing to 'Eliminate Israel from Earth,' Iranian Military Warns
Head of Iran's air force issues warning after Israeli airstrikes in Syria
The head of the Iranian air force has issued a bone-chilling warning that Iran is preparing to "confront" Israel and "eliminate it from Earth" following recent Israeli air strikes in Syria.
The air strikes, which Israel's military said were meant for alleged Iranian targets in Syria, left four Syrian soldiers dead.
In response, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh, issued the provocative declaration to the Young Journalist Club news agency, according to Iranian media.
“The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” Nasirzadeh warned.
“Our future generations are learning required know-how for the promised day to destroy Israel,” he added.
He claimed that Iran’s high level of military readiness has prevented the country’s enemies from attacking the Islamic Republic.
According to RT, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his nation’s decision to strike targets inside Syria on Monday.
The PM describes the air raid as retribution against those who wish to destroy Israel.
“We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression,” Netanyahu said in a speech.
“We will strike at anyone who tried to harm us.
"Whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility.”
During our strike, dozens of Syrian surface-to-air missiles were launched, despite clear warnings to avoid such fire. In response, we also targeted several of the Syrian Armed Forces' aerial defense batteries. pic.twitter.com/rHxJqqpI9n— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 21, 2019
Israel is believed to have fired dozens of missiles and guided bombs at targets inside Syria over the last 48 hours, purportedly targeting Iranian forces stationed in the country.
The strikes have killed four Syrian soldiers and left six others injured, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.
The strikes also believed to have caused damage to Damascus International Airport.
The ministry claims that Syrian forces have intercepted 30 Israeli missiles over the past 48 hours.